In the era of amateur-written “free” news and the terrible decline of quality journalism, The Economist’s new Espresso app is a real gem. It’s an iOS/Android app which delivers a digest of news stories to your phone every morning, kind of like circa or TL;DR, but curated and written by The Economist’s journalists. Top quality short stories with links to longer pieces in the magazine every now and then. Fantastic.
Now I know this sounds like a paid advertisement but no, The Economist doesn’t pay me. In fact I pay them by subscribing to their magazine knowing very well I will never be able to read all the contents every week. Yeah, I’m one of those snobs, but I like to think it’s a relatively easy way of supporting good journalism, which is dying out these days. And if you think about it for a second, it’s not really expensive. Digital subscription to The Economist costs €47 for 12 issues (how much are you paying for your mobile phone subscription again? €30/month? €50?). The New Yorker’s digital subscription costs $60/year, so, ~€48.
Food for thought.